9781119780939

Honey For Dummies

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    9781119780939

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2021-04-06
  • Publisher: For Dummies

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Honey

What’s all the buzz about honey?

Honey isn’t just honey or for bears anymore—it’s a sophisticated and sublime all-natural food with diverse colors, smells, flavors, and textures. Discover why beekeepers, foodies, chefs, homesteaders, and honey lovers alike are raving about this glorious masterpiece created by bees. This guide covers all things honey, from history and fascinating facts to health and cuisine! Learn to appreciate honey using the same tasting methods as a honey sommelier and then become savvy at pairing it with food and wine—to fantastic effect!

Inside. . .

  • Honey tasting tips and techniques
  • Making your own honey-based remedies
  • Cooking, baking, and drinking with honey
  • Throwing a honey tasting party
  • Bucket list-worthy honeys and honey festivals
  • Author Biography

    C. Marina Marchese is the founder of the American Honey Tasting Society, a leading resource for honey sensory education in the U.S. She conducts numerous honey tasting workshops and seminars each year and is a consultant for commercial honey producers. Marina's expertise is valued around the globe with her organization being a go-to resource for beekeepers and honey enthusiasts everywhere.

    Howland Blackiston is the bestselling author of Beekeeping For Dummies and Building Beehives For Dummies. He's been a beekeeper for more than 30 years and is the co-founder of Connecticut's Backyard Beekeepers Association and the Bee-Commerce website, the first online retail store for beekeepers.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

    About This Book 1

    Foolish Assumptions 3

    Icons Used in This Book 3

    Beyond the Book 4

    Where to Go from Here 4

    Part 1: Honey, Give Me the Lowdown 7

    Chapter 1: Dipping into Honey’s History and Its Importance Today 9

    Introducing Discoscapa apicula — the World’s Oldest Bee? 10

    Raising Bees in Ancient Egypt 11

    Embalming with Honey and More 12

    Discovering the World’s Oldest Beehives 13

    In Praise of Honey 14

    Islam 15

    Hinduism 15

    Judaism 15

    Buddhism 15

    Christianity 15

    Sikhism 15

    Finding Honey in Literature and Folklore 16

    Honey Bees Come to America 17

    Honey Today: Celebrity Status 18

    Chapter 2: Looking at How Honey is Made and Harvested 19

    Gathering Their Groceries 19

    Understanding the Composition of Honey 23

    Harvesting Honey: From Bee to Bottle 24

    It’s all about timing 25

    Driving the bees out of the honey supers 27

    Removing the honey from the comb 27

    Chapter 3: Appreciating the Different Styles of Honey 29

    Walkin’ Talkin’ Honeycomb 30

    Savoring Liquid Gold — Extracted Honey 31

    Getting Chunky with Chunk Honey 31

    Whipping Your Honey 32

    What’s the Story on Honey Straws? 34

    Part 2: Nutrition, Health, and Honey 37

    Chapter 4: All About Apitherapy 39

    Bee Venom 40

    Bee Pollen 42

    Royal Jelly 43

    Propolis 44

    Beeswax 44

    Enjoying the Many Benefits of Honey 45

    Cuts, burns, and scratches 46

    Fixing sore throats and coughs 46

    Getting the honey glow 47

    Chapter 5: Making Honey Remedies at Home 49

    Mixing Up Some Honey-Based Hair and Skincare Products 50

    Honey-Based Elixirs 61

    Part 3: Honey Varietals 69

    Chapter 6: Discovering the World’s Top Honey Producers 71

    1 China (500,000 tons) 72

    2 Iran (112,000 tons) 72

    3 Turkey (110,000 tons) 73

    4 India (85,000 tons) 73

    5 United States (81,000 tons) 74

    1 North Dakota (19,000 tons) 74

    2 South Dakota (19,000 tons) 75

    3 Montana (7,000 tons) 75

    4 California (6,850 tons) 75

    5 Florida (5,950 tons) 76

    6 Minnesota (3,905 tons) 76

    7 Texas (3,700 tons) 76

    8 Michigan (2,650 tons) 77

    9 Idaho (1,650 tons) 77

    10 Wisconsin (1,500 tons) 77

    6 Russian Federation (70,000 tons) 78

    7 Ukraine (66,500 tons) 78

    8 Mexico (57,000 tons) 79

    9 Brazil (42,400 tons) 79

    10 New Zealand (23,000 tons) 80

    Chapter 7: Getting to Know 50 Varietals of Honey 81

    Learning about Varietal Honeys 82

    1 Acacia 82

    2 Ailanthus 83

    3 Alfalfa 83

    4 Avocado 84

    5 Basswood 85

    6 Bell Heather 85

    7 Blackberry 86

    8 Black mangrove 86

    9 Blueberry Blossom 87

    10 Borage 87

    11 Buckwheat 88

    12 Chestnut 89

    13 Coriander 89

    14 Cranberry Blossom 90

    15 Dandelion 90

    16 Eucalyptus 91

    17 Fireweed 91

    18 Gallberry 92

    19 Goldenrod 92

    20 Honeydew 93

    21 Honeysuckle 94

    22 Huajillo (pronounced wa-HE-yo) 94

    23 Japanese Knotweed 95

    24 Kamahi (pronounced car-MY) 95

    25 Kiawe (pronounced kee-AH-vay) 96

    26 Kudzu 96

    27 Lavender 97

    28 Leatherwood 98

    29 Ling Heather 98

    30 Litchee 99

    31 Macadamia 99

    32 Manuka 100

    33 Meadowfoam 101

    34 Mesquite 101

    35 Ohi’a Lehua 102

    36 Orange Blossom 102

    37 Rapeseed 103

    38 Raspberry 103

    39 Rhododendron 104

    40 Rosemary 105

    41 Sage 105

    42 Saw Palmetto 106

    43 Star thistle/Knapweed 106

    44 Strawberry tree 107

    45 Sunflower 107

    46 Thyme 108

    47 Tulip poplar 108

    48 Tupelo 109

    49 Ulmo 110

    50 Yellow Sweet Clover 110

    A Word about Wildflower Honey 111

    Chapter 8: All That Glistens is Not Liquid Gold 113

    Laundering Honey 114

    Transshipping Honey 115

    Removing Pollen to Conceal the Honey’s Origin 117

    Blending Honeys 118

    Cutting Honey 119

    Intervention of Humans 120

    Part 4: Becoming a Honey Tasting Expert 121

    Chapter 9: Thinking Like a Honey Sommelier 123

    Differentiating Taste and Flavor 124

    Taste sensations 124

    Flavor sensations 124

    Other taste sensations 125

    Are You a Supertaster? 126

    The Nose Remembers 128

    Describing What You Taste 128

    Tuning Up Your Taste Buds and Sharpening Your Sniffer 129

    Training your sense of taste 129

    Refining your sense of flavor 131

    Chapter 10: Knowing How to Taste Honey 133

    Looking, Smelling, and Tasting: Sensory Analysis 134

    Creating the Right Environment for Tasting 135

    Making certain you are fresh and rested 135

    Staying healthy 136

    Fasting before tasting 136

    Avoiding extraneous smells 136

    Setting Up For Honey Tasting 137

    Picking honeys to sample 138

    Gathering your tasting tools 138

    Getting organized using a tasting mat 139

    Picking a palette cleanser 140

    Writing Tasting Notes 140

    Starting with a basic look-see 140

    Determining liquid or solid 141

    Discovering undesirable stuff 142

    Evaluating clarity 142

    Defining the Color of Honey 142

    Smelling Your Honey 143

    Profiling Honey Characteristics 145

    Using the Aroma and Flavor Chart 146

    Trigeminals 147

    Determining the Honey’s “Finish” 148

    Talking About Texture 148

    Chapter 11: Taking the Terror Out Of Terroir 151

    Capturing the Flavors of Local Foods 152

    Ensuring quality standards 152

    Certifying and protecting honeys 154

    Influencing Nectar 155

    Getting the Dirt on Honey (Geology) 156

    Honey and Geography 157

    Knowing What Weather Has to Do with It 157

    Rain, rain don’t go away 157

    Here comes the sun! 158

    Chapter 12: Looking at What Can Go Wrong With Honey 159

    Recognizing Defects 160

    Burnt honey 160

    The brood factor 160

    Medico mayhem 160

    Smoky stuff 161

    Just one word — plastics! 161

    Metal madness 161

    Crossing Crystallization Defects 162

    Incomplete crystallization 162

    Crystal striping 162

    Separation of honey 162

    Knowing Why a Honey Tastes Like Beer 163

    Part 5: Hey, Honey, Let’s Party 165

    Chapter 13: Shopping for Your Honey 167

    Knowing Where to Shop 167

    Go straight to the source 168

    Farm stands and farmers markets 168

    Gourmet markets 169

    Cheese shops 170

    Deciphering Labels 170

    Nutrition labels 171

    True Source 173

    Gluten-free 174

    Vegan 174

    Raw, natural, organic, all natural —Descriptors that mean nothing 174

    GMO 175

    Fair Trade Honey 176

    Chapter 14: Brewing Honey Wine (Mead) 177

    Discovering Mead’s Long History 178

    Introducing Seven Types of Mead 179

    Traditional mead 179

    Sack mead 179

    Hydromel 180

    Bochet mead 180

    Metheglin 180

    Sack metheglin 180

    Mead made with fruit juices 180

    Getting the Necessary Mead-Making Equipment 181

    Understanding Useful Mead-Making Terms 184

    Chapter 15: Cooking with Honey 201

    Chapter 16: Baking with Honey 223

    Swapping Out Sugar for Honey 223

    Checking Out Some Recipes 225

    Chapter 17: Using Honey for Thirst-Quenching and Celebratory Beverages 243

    Making Honey-Inspired Beverages 243

    Mixing Honey-Based Cocktails 247

    Gin 247

    Tequila 248

    Vodka 250

    Scotch whisky 250

    Whiskey (bourbon or rye) 253

    Rum 255

    Chapter 18: Pairing Honey with Cheese and Other Foods 257

    Pairing Honey with Cheese 258

    Understanding the dynamics of honey and cheese 259

    It’s a matter of taste 259

    Conjuring Creative Pairings 261

    Choosing complementary duos 261

    Considering that opposites attract 261

    Taking texture into account 261

    Staying local 262

    Just go for it! 262

    Considering Classic Pairings of Honey and Food 262

    Chapter 19: Honey, Let’s Have a Party 265

    Planning the Party 265

    Deciding on the theme 266

    Setting the mood 266

    Assembling the Right Stuff 268

    Developing Your Menu 268

    Creating Honey Grazing Boards 270

    Piloting Tasting Flights 270

    Including Fun Honey Games 272

    Trio tasting game 272

    Honey spelling game 273

    Show Friends How It Went 273

    Part 6: The Part of Tens 275

    Chapter 20: Ten Great Honey Festivals 277

    Oregon Honey Festival, Ashland, Oregon 278

    Philadelphia Honey Festival 278

    NYC Honey Week, Rockaway Beach 278

    Honey Bee Fest, New York 278

    Sweet Bee’s Honey Festival, New York 279

    Vermont’s Golden Honey Festival 279

    Arizona Honeybee Festival, Phoenix 279

    Michigan Honey Festival 279

    Tennessee Honey Festival 280

    Uvalde Honey Festival, Texas 280

    Chapter 21: More Than Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Honey 281

    What’s the best way to store honey once the jar has been opened? 282

    Does honey ever spoil or go bad? 282

    Why does my honey look like it has two different layers? 282

    My honey has crystallized; can I get the honey liquid again? 283

    What’s organic honey? 283

    What’s the difference between Grade A and Grade B honey? 283

    What accounts for the different colors and flavors of honey? 284

    Why do honey bees make honey? 284

    Is it true that eating local honey will relieve pollen-related allergies? 285

    What does “raw” honey mean? 285

    How can I test my honey for authenticity? 285

    Why does honey from the same local beekeeper taste different sometimes? 286

    Why shouldn’t you feed honey to a baby? 286

    How many flowers must honey bees visit to make one pound of honey? 286

    How much honey does a worker honey bee make in her lifetime? 286

    What famous Scottish liqueur is made with honey? 287

    What’s the U.S per capita consumption of honey? 287

    How many honey-producing colonies of bees are there in the United States? 287

    Do all bees make honey? 287

    Chapter 22: Ten Honeys for your Bucket List 289

    The Most Expensive Honey in the World: Elvish 289

    Most Sacred Honey: Sidr 290

    Most-Difficult-to-Get Honey: Pitcairn Island 290

    Most International Awards: Sourwood 291

    Most Bitter Honey: Strawberry Tree Honey 291

    Psychedelic Mad Honey: Deli Bal 292

    Most Unique Texture: Ling Heather Honey 292

    Volcanic Honey: Wenchi 293

    Silkiest Honey: Ulmo Honey 293

    Most Buttery Honey: Kamahi 294

    Part 7: Appendixes 295

    Appendix A: Glossary 297

    Appendix B: Helpful Honey Resources 305

    Index 317

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